Did you know that Nangkita was once a communistic settlement? In the 1890s, a plan was devised by the South Australian government to set up village settlements along the Murray River, in the Flinders Ranges and on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The Nangkita village settlement scheme was one of them.
At that time, rural living was seen as a healthy alternative to city dwellings. These village settlements trialled collective property ownership, used new irrigation technology and provided employment for the unemployed. However, they were largely unsuccessful especially when economic fortunes improved after the depression.
The historical site along Nangkita Road is pretty much all that's left of this almost forgotten scheme. A stone marks where the village school and Methodist church used to stand. Its wattle and daub building was erected in 1894.
Today, Nangkita is known for beautiful valleys and rolling hillsides as well as fresh farm produce. Blueberries are usually available in season between December and February.